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Duke football players charged in gunfire on campus
Durham Herald-Sun ^ | January 18, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 01/18/2010 2:35:48 AM PST by abb

Three Duke University freshmen were charged with felonious possession and discharge of a weapon following an early morning incident Sunday on the Duke campus.

The students — John Drew, Kyle Griswould and Brandon Putnam, who are all from Georgia — were members of the Duke football team. They have been dismissed from the squad, and the university also has determined they will not be permitted to return to campus pending the resolution of the charges.

At about 3 a.m. Sunday, Duke University Police heard gunfire coming from a vehicle near the Jarvis residence hall on Duke’s East Campus. The vehicle was later found in the Blackwell residence hall parking lot, also on East Campus, and traced to one of the students who has been charged. The investigation determined the weapon also was fired on Campus Drive.

No one was injured, and the weapon, a semiautomatic handgun, has been recovered by Duke University Police. The three were not shooting at anything, but firing the gun in the air, according to police.

Police are investigating if alcohol was involved, Duke Police Chief John Dailey said. The three are being held in Durham County Jail.

Drew showed some serious promise last season, playing as a true freshman at defensive tackle, a position where most first-year players redshirt. He played in all 12 games last fall with one starting assignment, finishing with 34 tackles, including four tackles for loss, with a one-half sack, two pass breakups, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery.

Griswould, a running back, and Putnam, a defensive end, did not see game action in 2009.

“These types of offenses are going to be associated with dismissal from our team,” head football coach David Cutcliffe said. “While these three young men did not meet the expectations of those in our program, our prayers are with them and their families during this difficult time.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; duke; dukelax; dukeu; durham; nifong
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1 posted on 01/18/2010 2:35:50 AM PST by abb
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2 posted on 01/18/2010 2:36:51 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://dukechronicle.com/article/3-football-players-face-felony-gun-charges-dismissed-team

3 football players face felony gun charges, dismissed from team
By Lindsey Rupp
January 15, 2010

Three football players were charged with felonious possession and discharge of a weapon Sunday.

Freshmen John Drew, Kyle Griswould and Brandon Putnam have been dismissed from the team and are barred from campus until the charges are resolved. The three students, along with one unidentified non-student, were arrested.

The four were held in jail on $40,000 secured bond Sunday, said Chief John Dailey of the Duke University Police Department.

A fire alarm forced residents to evacuate Aycock residence hall around 3 a.m. Officers responding to the alarm heard shots, which Dailey said were unrelated to the alarm, fired from a car near Jarvis residence hall.

Officers located the vehicle near Blackwell residence hall and traced it to one of the charged suspects. After further investigation, officers also think the suspects discharged the weapon on Campus Drive, according to a Duke news release.

Dailey said he does not know how many shots were fired, but thinks the suspects were firing the weapon—a semi-automatic handgun—into the air.

Although Dailey said the suspects’ motives remain unclear, he said the incident does not pose a continued threat to campus.

Head football coach David Cutcliffe released a statement Sunday announcing the players’ dismissal for unbecoming conduct.

“These types of offenses are going to be associated with dismissal from our team,” Cutcliffe said. “While these three young men did not meet the expectations of those in our program, our prayers are with them and their families during this difficult time.”

Although Cutcliffe said that the team will continue to move forward, Drew, a defensive tackle, had a game presence finishing his freshman season with 34 tackles. Drew played in all 12 games in 2009, including a starting assignment in one.

Griswould, a running back, and Putnam, a defensive end, did not see playing time last Fall.

Dailey said proximity helped officers apprehend the suspects shortly after the shots were fired.

“Clearly anyone who fires a weapon on campus is dangerous, at least at that time,” Dailey said. “We charged them with a pretty serious crime.”

DUPD will continue to investigate where the weapon came from, Dailey said, adding that he is in communication with Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta and the Durham Police Department.

Moneta deferred inquiries about the incident to Dailey.

The campus did not receive a DukeAlert following the incident, and Dailey said he is not sure whether there are plans to send a campus-wide e-mail about the events.

“We felt like there was no ongoing threat and that we had the situation under control,” Dailey said. “Our officers did a really good job and were able to locate the car very quickly and then identify the suspects.”


3 posted on 01/18/2010 2:37:39 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

4 posted on 01/18/2010 2:57:45 AM PST by ketelone
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To: ketelone

We be so gangster!

( Idiots. Can’t fix stupid )


5 posted on 01/18/2010 3:18:24 AM PST by Leisler (We don't need a third party we need a conservative second party.)
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To: abb

Stupid, stupid, stupid. Way to celebrate your Second Amendment rights, morons.

Of course, given recent history around here, maybe I shouldn’t jump to judgement so quickly. This *is* Duke and the Duke and Durham Police Departments we’re talking about.

}:-)4


6 posted on 01/18/2010 3:24:47 AM PST by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: abb

Duke has a football team?


7 posted on 01/18/2010 3:43:39 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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U.T. Knoxville BASKETBALL player entered a not gulity plea on posseion of handguns, their defense......................we are just protecting ourselves from football players.


8 posted on 01/18/2010 3:47:05 AM PST by Einherjar (PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Who knew?

I’ll take this opportunity to note that my alma mater beat Duke’s basketball team two Saturdays ago, and beat NC’s other basketball team last Saturday. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JACKETS!


9 posted on 01/18/2010 3:58:06 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Einherjar

Now that’s funny right there!

There are probably several programs you could say that of.


10 posted on 01/18/2010 3:58:59 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: abb

Griswould, as in Clark Griswould’s (griswold) kid?

Changed the spelling to protect his daddy.


11 posted on 01/18/2010 4:06:10 AM PST by VicVega (2010 Let only Real Conservatives win. Say good night John McCain.)
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To: ketelone

It looks like their path to becoming physicians has become more complicated.

It’s nice to win football games, but is it really necessary to invite gangs to campus for that purpose?


12 posted on 01/18/2010 4:15:25 AM PST by BobL (When Democrats start to love this country more than they hate Republicans, good things might happen.)
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To: ketelone

I must be clairvoyant. How else could I have guessed what these fine outstanding “yutes” would look like.


13 posted on 01/18/2010 4:22:52 AM PST by DH (The government writes no bill that does not line the pockets of special interests.)
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To: abb
Ever since Duke University staff intentionally destroyed their Lacrosse players before the damn court decision was announced, it would seem as though the damn school is cursed.

And justifiably so!

Again, I reiterate that I cheer for whoever the hell plays against Duke University.

14 posted on 01/18/2010 4:37:37 AM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: abb

“The three were not shooting at anything, but firing the gun in the air, according to police.”

Shooting at “nothing” in populated area means you’re shooting at “everything.” And they should be charged accordingly.


15 posted on 01/18/2010 4:42:31 AM PST by Spike Knotts
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To: abb

I wonder if 80+ faculty members will sign a letter condemming the actions of these players. (Not holding my breath)


16 posted on 01/18/2010 4:44:39 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: abb

The danger and stupidity of celebratory gunfire notwithstanding, is there any reason why Duke’s football players can’t be a scummy as it’s faculty?


17 posted on 01/18/2010 4:45:29 AM PST by VR-21 (Bring me my broadsword, and clear understanding. Bring me my cross of gold as a talisman.)
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To: DH

I don’t have all the facts; But I’m sure the police acted stupedly.——NOT

I would like to see crime stats breakdown between ‘athletes’ and non-athletes on major campuses.


18 posted on 01/18/2010 4:49:43 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: Abbeville Conservative
I wonder if 80+ faculty members will sign a letter condemming the actions of these players. (Not holding my breath)

+1

19 posted on 01/18/2010 5:22:33 AM PST by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: Einherjar

Cutcliffe used to be an assistant at Tennessee. I thought he’d be a better choice than Dooley but maybe they made the right choice after all.


20 posted on 01/18/2010 6:30:25 AM PST by scrabblehack
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Good one....very good.


21 posted on 01/18/2010 6:37:19 AM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: ketelone

Yep. Rocket scientists.


22 posted on 01/18/2010 7:26:34 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: abb
Let me guess: ethnic studies majors?

It's hard to imagine how a prestigious academic institution like Duke can even design a academic load that a gangsta can handle, let alone obtain a degree in.

23 posted on 01/18/2010 7:34:51 AM PST by behzinlea
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To: Moose4

Based on recent history, I am surprised they are charging these fine young upstanding citizens.


24 posted on 01/18/2010 10:32:14 AM PST by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Amazingly enough, yes...and they’re no longer *quite* the doormat of the ACC. They’re still not “good,” but David Cutcliffe has them edging toward actual respectability. Maybe in a few more years and with a few more felony convictions, they’ll get there.

}:-)4


25 posted on 01/18/2010 10:38:22 AM PST by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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NC *Ping*

Please FRmail MitchellC if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
26 posted on 01/18/2010 3:41:17 PM PST by MitchellC
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